Guidelines and criteria
If you have questions, contact MTNA Competition Chair, Colleen Hunter, or WSMTA administrative coordinator, Carrie Kahler
- Recordings must be uploaded to YouTube with visibility set to “Unlisted” (do not choose “Public” or “Private”). This will create a link for you to copy and paste into the online submission form.
- Only people with the link will have access to view your video.
- If you are not familiar with uploading videos to YouTube, please watch this tutorial
- Videos can be made at home by the student, in the teacher’s studio or in a performance hall. The quality of instrument, location, or quality of video will not be a factor in judging.
- Make video recordings with one fixed camera angle/location, focused such that the performer and the accompanist (if applicable) are visible at all times. Pianists should have face, fingers and feet visible at all times. To ensure quality and consistency of the videos among entrants, set up the camera from the audience perspective, limit background noise, and make sure the performance space is well lit.
- Videos must contain all repertoire listed on the original application. Entrants SHOULD NOT INTRODUCE themselves, announce the piece being recorded, or include their names in the videos in any way. The MTNA Performance Competitions are blind judged – that is, our adjudicators should not know the names or teachers of the entrants.
- Each piece (including individual movements of a larger work) should be recorded and uploaded as a separate video. No editing is allowed. Each video must be labeled with the title and composer. For individual movements of a larger work, label with the title, Roman number of movement and composer. Example: Sonata in F minor, Op. 2, No. I, I., Beethoven. Preludes and Fugues may be considered a single piece.
- Piano and voice entrants must perform by memory. All others do not have to play by memory.
- Live accompanists are preferred; however, pre-recorded accompaniments are acceptable in the event that local or state orders prevent an entrant and accompanist getting together to record a video. CDs and online platforms such as SmartMusic.com, Appcompanist.com, Piano Accompaniments.com and Acapella may be utilized as is appropriate.
- Students and teachers should review videos before submitting to check sound quality and microphone placement.
- Upload videos one at a time, making sure each upload is complete prior to starting the next upload.
- Do not wait until the last day to submit videos. It takes a long time to upload the videos.
- Music will not need to be available for judges.
After uploading the videos, double-check the privacy settings: each video needs to be set to “unlisted” so that anyone with the link can view the video.
If your videos are set to “private,” the judges will not be able to view them and will not judge your entry.
Thank you for your flexibility in these trying times! We think you will find a silver lining in the process of creating your video entries!